Colonial Pipeline Will Probably Not Have to Pay Ransom to Hackers
- By Brent Dirks
- May 12, 2021
After a ransomware attack shut down Colonial Pipeline and caused fuel shortages and panic buying on the East Coast, the company will probably not have to pay the hackers. That’s according to CNN.
The report says that the company has worked with US officials and retrieved the most important stolen data. And early action from the company could help it restore operations without paying the hacking group called DarkSide millions in cryptocurrency.
After the attack late last week, the company shut down all operations. It transports more than 100 million gallons of gasoline and other fuel from Houston to New York daily.
Since the attack, gas prices have risen and a number of gas stations on the East Coast have shut down due to lack if gas. There has also been panic buying.
Late Wednesday, the company said it restarted its pipeline operations but it may take a few days for it to return to normal.
The attack is the latest high-profile use of ransomware, which continues to be a substantial cybersecurity issue for companies of all sizes.
Brent Dirks is senior e-news/Web editor for Security Products and Network-Centric Security magazines.